screw Pixar RenderMan – get Pixie!

“Pixie is a RenderMan like photorealistic renderer. It is being developed in the hope that it will be useful for graphics research and for people who can not afford a commercial renderer. Pixie is an open source project licensed under Gnu Public License (GPL).”

It’s astonishing what you can do with modern renderers…the physic simulations in the gallery samples are even more astonishing…


made in express contest

After I wrote about the Visual Studio Express Editions and there is now a contest available… go and create something! :-)

“This contest is all about cool stuff you can do with Express. We’ve brainstormed a few ideas of our own…

“I would build a screen-scraping API, then use it to create a custom application with Visual Basic Express to show the last time my friends update their MSN Spaces or MySpace account.”

“I would build an application with Visual Web Developer Express and SQL Server Express to track my club events (soccer matches, bike rides, swim meets) on a map, and allow my club’s members to subscribe to event updates and get a map of where the event will happen.”

“I would build an application with Visual C# Express that can read my RSS feeds out loud to me in the morning while I’m having coffee.”

“I would install a PC in my car and write an application with Visual C# Express to play my music library, give me directions, and remind me of appointments.””


AIM…oh well not the Instant Messenger…but Accurate Image Manipulation…

When it comes to washed-out colors…or green/red/blue tinted displays… try to calibrate them with the help of this great site. Thanks to Kiesow.

“Accurate Image Manipulation for Desktop Publishing (AIM) is devoted for the best possible quality in the desktop publishing workflow. This calls for accurate calibration and correct choice for the working space.

Very accurate monitor gamma calibration charts, CGI simulations for Kodak Q-60 and Agfa IT8 calibration targets, Photoshop plug-ins and much more are available for download. Many evaluations are provided.

The calibration setup that is in use in high-end professional digital imaging, the linear workflow, is explained here in detail as well as the issues of CRT gamma.

this is NOT usable for calibration…go to the site…

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24 display Quake 3 session…

It’s not the cutest… but holy moly!!

“The system is driven by 12 linux servers (2 monitors per server) using Distributed Multihead X (DMX) and Chromium. Chromium distributes the OpenGL rendering from the head node to all of the servers. The game runs fairly fast, though some lighting effects had to be turned off and Chromium is having some trouble with the mouse.”

Source: hackinthebox

where is the heat? – click-track your weblog…

AJAX is the key to rich web applications. And finally someone bridged the gap between click-tracking and those rich web applications.

With “Crazy Egg” is is possible to track the users of any site right down to their clicks…how cool is that (well if the users-webbrowser is configured to allow that) ? was able to test it on their website…which looks like this:

After one our Crazy Egg created this heatmap…showing where the users clicked the most…

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handy Mac bootup hotkey combinations

Personally I like the cmd-opt-shift-delete-# combination most… how much more complicated could they’ve made it?

Key Combination Effect
mouse down Eject removable media
opt Bring up OF system picker on New World machines
cmd-opt Hold down until 2nd chime, will boot into Mac OS 9 ?
cmd-x (or just x?) Will boot into Mac OS X if 9 and X are on the same partition and that’s the partition you’re booting from
cmd-opt-shift-delete Bypass startup drive and boot from external (or CD). This actually forces the system to NOT load the driver for the default volume, which has the side effect mentioned above. For SCSI devices it searches from highest ID to lowest for a partition with a bootable system. Not sure about IDE drives.
cmd-opt-shift-delete-# Boot from a specific SCSI ID # (# = SCSI ID number)
cmd-opt-p-r Zap PRAM. Hold down until second chime.
cmd-opt-n-v Clear NV RAM. Similar to reset-all in Open Firmware.
cmd-opt-o-f Boot into open firmware
cmd-opt-t-v Force Quadra AV machines to use TV as a monitor
cmd-opt-x-o Boot from ROM (Mac Classic only)
cmd-opt-a-v Force an AV monitor to be recognized as one
c Boot from CD. If set to boot to X and no CD is present, may boot to 9.
d Force the internal hard disk to be the startup device
n Hold down until Mac logo, will attempt to boot from network server (using BOOTP or TFTP)
r Force PowerBooks to reset the screen
t Put FireWire machine into FireWire Target Disk mode
z Attempt to boot using the devalias zip from first bootable partition found
shift (Classic only) Disable Extensions, (OS X, 10.1.3 and later) Disables login items. Also disables non-essential kernel extensions (safe boot mode)
cmd (Classic only) Boot with Virtual Memory off
space (Classic only) Trigger extension manager at boot-up
cmd-v (OS X only) show console messages during boot
cmd-s (OS X only) boot into single user mode